US 7860747 B2
A method and computer software program for publishing images at an accessible website and for ordering goods and/or services to be provided by a fulfillment provider. A high resolution digital image is forwarded from a user to a fulfillment provider that stores the high resolution digital image and associates a unique ID with the high resolution image. The unique ID identifies the storage location of where the high resolution image is stored and the internet address of the fulfillment provider. The user receives the unique ID that is associated with the high resolution image. The user then forwards to an accessible website a low resolution image copy of the high resolution image and the unique ID. The website publishes the low resolution image on the accessible website along with an action button that is associated with the unique ID. Selection of the action button by a viewer causes the viewer being forwarded to the fulfillment provider so that the viewer will to be able to access the high resolution image stored by the fulfillment provider.
1. A method for publishing images at a website coupled to a communication network and for ordering goods and/or services to be provided by a fulfillment provider coupled to the communication network with respect to images stored at said fulfillment provider, comprising the steps of:
said fulfillment provider receiving a high resolution digital image from a user device over the communication network, the user device coupled to the communication network;
said fulfillment provider storing said high resolution digital image including associating a unique ID with said high resolution digital image, said unique ID identifying both a storage location of said high resolution digital image and an internet address of the fulfillment provider;
forwarding said unique ID over the communication network to said user device;
said website receiving over the communication network from said user device a low resolution image copy of said high resolution image and said unique ID;
said website providing over the communication network said low resolution image along with an action button that is associated with said unique ID; and
forwarding to a network connected viewing device over the communication network an order screen from said fulfillment provider when said action button is selected on said viewing device so that the viewing device will be able to place an order over the communication network directly with said fulfillment provider for goods and/or services with respect to said high resolution image stored by said fulfillment provider.
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The present invention relates to a method, system, and software for publishing images on a web page and for ordering goods or services to be provided by a fulfillment provider with respect to the images being displayed on a web page.
Recently there has become a high interest in blogging. Blogging is basically an on-line diary (often referred to as web log or blog) published on a web page that are generally open to the public for viewing. There are a number of tools that help individuals create web logs and hosting sites for making the web logs available on-line. The web log is typically an HTML web page that includes text and images entered in a chronological order in a manner similar to that of a diary. Typically, these web logs represent the “daily” activity for individuals.
These web logs/blogs are read by many individuals, including family and friends. Often when images are presented, it is desirable for the viewing individual to obtain a print or other image related product with respect to the image being viewed. However, the images available on web logs are typically limited to low resolution images and there is no easy way to obtain the original high resolution image for use in ordering image products. While one may go to the original source of the image, i.e., the person that owns the web log, it is often not desirable to allow someone direct access to the image on their personal computer. Typically, the hosting site that allows the placement of the blog does not want to be bothered with maintaining large files that include a large number of high resolution images.
The present invention is designed to solving many of the problems allowing a mechanism for allowing viewers to easily obtain access to the high resolution images for ordering various goods or services that require access to the high resolution image.
In accordance with one aspect of the present invention there is provided a method for publishing images at an accessible website and for ordering goods and/or services to be provided by a fulfillment provider with respect to images stored at the fulfillment provider, comprising the steps of:
In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a computer software program for publishing images at an accessible website and for ordering goods and/or services to be provided by a fulfillment provider with respect to images stored at the fulfillment provider, the software program, when loaded on to a user computer, will cause the following steps to occur:
In accordance with yet another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for publishing images at an accessible website and for ordering goods and/or services to be provided by a fulfillment provider with respect to images stored at the fulfillment provider, comprising the steps of:
These and other aspects, objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood and appreciated from a review of the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments and appended claims and by reference to the accompanying drawings.
In the detailed description of the preferred embodiments of the invention presented below, reference is made to the accompanying drawings in which:
Once the user has completed all the image selections and entries of text, the user at step 40 selects the “Send” selection button 41 whereby the high resolution copies of the selected images are uploaded to the fulfillment provider 20 for storage on an appropriate memory device at step 44. At step 46, the fulfillment provider returns to the user computer 12 a unique identifier (ID) for each of the images uploaded. The ID identifies the location where the high resolution copy of the selected image is stored and also provides information as to the internet address of the fulfillment provider.
At step 48, any text that has been entered by the user on the user computer is appropriately formatted into an HTML format for display at the website 16. Software on the user computer 12 generates the desired low resolution copies of the user selected images for use in generating a new web log entry at the website 16. At step 50, the software on the user computer 12 generates an action icon that is to be co-positioned with each image. The action icon for each image includes the associated ID such that the action icon, when selected by a viewer, will automatically send the viewer to the fulfillment provider site and provide the appropriate information for identifying the particular associated high resolution image associated with the low resolution copy on the web log once the user has completed the selection of image and text, the appropriate low resolution images, associated ID, associated text information, and other appropriate information is forwarded to the website for publication. The low resolution images forwarded may be in any appropriate format, for example, but not limited to JPEG format (including JPEG 2000).
In the particular embodiment illustrated, the hosting website 16 is shown as a separate site from the fulfillment provider. It is to be understood that if desired, the website 16 and fulfillment provider may be one in the same.
In the embodiments described above, the image is uploaded by the user computer. It is envisioned that an image capture device, such as a digital camera along with software on the user computer, can automate the process of adding images to the website 16. For example, images captured on a digital camera may be tagged for placement on the website by, for example, adding a voice activated command function with respect to the capture device. When the digital camera is linked to the user computer 12, the software on the computer can automatically upload the high resolution image to the fulfillment provider 14 and an associated ID can be obtained for the newly tagged image. Then the software on the user computer 12 can than send this information directly to the hosting website 16 for publication as previously discussed along with the appropriate unique ID. The tagging of the image on the digital camera triggers the appropriate actions needed to publish the low resolution image in the user's web log. The user could additionally be prompted for any text entries to be sent with the image or images added to the web log.
It is to be understood that various other changes and modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. The present invention being limited by the claims that follow.
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